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Review: Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise Kova!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*
“Vi Solaris… You have done nothing wrong. The burden on you is one that no one can understand, not even I. And you handle it with all the grace of your forefathers. You do your parents proud.”
WAAAAAH! Can you guys hear my sobs? Because those are some of the most beautiful words I’ve ever read and my heart broke into a million pieces over them.
Anyway, I. AM. MIND. BLOWN. over here.
I have lost count of how many books I’ve read of Elise’s so I have no idea what to say anymore except this: She still manages to surprise me with every single one. I won’t go into detail about anything, of course, but I am in absolute awe of how her mind works. Every word, every sentence… every single movement in each page reads with such powerful purpose, I can’t even put it into words. It makes me weirdly proud and honored to be reading her works at all. (All hail the Queen!)
This world specifically is just so deliciously complex that I never want to see it end, even though I know it has to do just that at some point.
The last book left me REELING so hard that it took me a few months to fully wrap my mind around (and accept) what had just happened, resulting in me taking so long in finishing this book. That, and also the fact that I wasn’t in a fantasy mood for a while. BUT, I am back into this world, just in time to have seen book 5 released. I have it in my hands now but I am so scared to read it… I am so not ready to let these characters go!!!!!
One of the things I will say about Vi though is that that woman is NOT healthy for my sanity. All of her actions gave me SO MUCH ANXIETY, that I could barely keep myself from reading this with fingers over my eyes. I know that’s impossible but she had me on the edge of my seat with everything she did. If I had to call her something, it would have to be: Frustratingly Heroic.
I also have to mention that the way this series is written, nothing and nobody is safe which added to my anxiety for sure. I can only hope I make it through the next book with my wits somewhat intact, or else I might just have to give up on fantasy. (jk, but not really?)
Aaaand, once again, I have to honorably mention my hunk of a man, Taavin, and how he drives me absolutely crazy. Everything that comes out of his ridiculously handsome mouth is such perfection that I melt during every single scene he’s in, without fail. Oh, and everything he DOES is such perfection too. Ugh.
I’ll just see myself out before I find out a way to steal him away from Vi….

4/5 stars.

I AM NOW PART OF THE CEMETERY BOYS STREET TEAM! AHHH!!!

As a Queer Latina myself, I am beyond ecstatic to share this news, and book, with all of you! Judging from the cover, this book has everything that I live for. Latinx representation, skulls, brujos, cemeteries, ghosts, and a lot more! I can’t wait to read this highly anticipated release! Can you?

Thank you so much Fierce Reads and Aiden Thomas for recruiting me with open arms! I am only way too excited to be able to gush over this book with everyone!

There will also be a GIVEAWAY coming your way from me soon for a chance to win your own ARC of Cemetery Boys, so stay tuned!

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NOW, ABOUT THE BOOK:

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Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Releases: June 9, 2020



HAVE I MENTIONED THERE’S AN EPIC PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN FOR IT TOO?!?!!?

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As someone who is OBSESSED with collecting cards of any kind, this pre-order has me swooning to the moon and back! I’ve already pre-ordered, have you?? Make sure to get your pre-orders in ASAP so you can win the goodies for yourself as well!

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Aiden Thomas is a YA author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, OR. As a queer, trans, latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, Harry Potter trivia, Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.

Their debut novel, CEMETERY BOYS, will be published June 9th, 2020.

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Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey!

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I never expected to learn so much from these two amazing characters but here we are. And I am not complaining.
Tears were shed, both happy and sad.
Many laughs were barked out loud.
The steamy content was perfect.
This was such a wholesome reading experience and I can’t wait to read the next book in this world!
I’m even more obsessed with this cast of characters than I already was.
Tessa is becoming a fast favorite and I’m ecstatic to have a new author to obsess over.

5/5 stars!

Review: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey!

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I’m just going to keep this one short and sweet because, honestly, I was too hooked to write much of anything down.

I found myself connecting with BOTH Travis and Georgie on such deep levels that there wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t shedding tears. I was in love with them both equally which is something that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like it to. I usually always like one character over the other but not this time!

This was so beautiful and heart-wrenching in every single way that my heart broke and mended many times throughout it which is all I can really ask for in a novel.

Also, lord almighty this book was HOT. Now this is a woman that knows how to write spicy content… oof. It had me blushing like a schoolgirl even though I RARELY blush. My goodness… can we PLEASE get a second book with these two? I mean come on! I am addicted to Travis’s uhm…. vocabulary…

6/5 magnificent stars for this phenomenal portrayal of characters and plot.

ARC Review: Tell Me You Want Me by Julie Prestsater

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I really wish I were about to write a different review than the one I’m about to write but here were are. I waited 5 years for this sequel and I fee like that bit me in the rear. The anticipation ended up being so much better than the actual book.

I absolutely LOVED book one which was the reason why I was so excited to continue in this world. But the only thing I ended up liking about this book was that we had POV’s from Lizzy and Ryan from book one. They’re the only reasons I was only 99% losing my mind over this unpleasant reading experience.

Other than that, I only have negatives to mention… so here we go…

-The writing was infuriatingly juvenile, even though this is supposed to be a new adult novel. The vocabulary mostly suited someone that was in middle/high school but it even seemed juvenile for them.

-There was SO MUCH telling and not enough showing.  This was a problem that never went away from the first page to the last. It completely took away my right to (positively) form my opinion over anything, which leads me to my next point.

-It really annoyed me that we didn’t get to see the tension build up between the main characters. They literally almost start the book having sex. I needed more time with their interactions instead of their first interaction being all about them obsessing over each other. It was probably because there were so many years between the first book and this one but I NEEDED more time with the characters as individuals, and as friends,  before they even THOUGHT about each other as something other than friends. Because of this, the chemistry between them was beyond unbelievable which is why I couldn’t care less about their story. I just wanted to finish the book as soon as possible.

I’ll just stop there before I go back to the unpleasant mindset this book left me with. It completely breaks my heart to never look at Julie’s books the same way but I think I may have officially outgrown her writing style.

1/5 stars.

 

Review: When the Handyman Comes by Lana Brazen

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
This was not what I expected at all and I didn’t like it at all. I was expecting a novel but this turned out to be a SUPER short novella with no plot except for smut. It was so short that there’s really nothing TO review…..
I’m not saying novellas are a bad thing, I love novellas, but it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for right now so my reading experience was not pleasant at all.
There’s also a whole bunch of ‘telling’ and no ‘showing’ which could have been fixed a bit even if it WAS too short.
Anyway, let’s just say that this novella was awfully cheesy (not in a good way) and not unique in any way. The characters were also A LOT older than I’m used to reading but they didn’t seem the age they were supposed to represent? I’m just super glad this was as short as it was because it made sure my unpleasant reading experience came to an end sooner than I thought.
This story just wasn’t for me.

1/5 stars.

COVER REVEAL: FURY OF THE GODS BY AMY BRAUN!

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FURY OF THE GODS
by Amy Braun
(Areios Brothers #3)
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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SYNOPSIS:
 
Fate brings consequence.

Separated from his brother by curses and lies, Derek Areios is forced into hiding. With rogue goddesses on his side, he begins his search for the Mind of Cronus. But his plans come to a screeching halt when the Olympians send nightmarish warriors to hunt him. Creatures even the gods themselves fear.

Liam Areios, lost without his brother and trapped in service for the Olympians, continues the hunt for the Mind of Cronus. The remaining gods refuse to trust him—or any human—and Liam begins to see just how mad power has made them. Becoming entangled in the schemes of mortals and immortals, Liam will have to fight or lose everyone he loves.

Deadly monsters, betrayal, and pulse-pounding action fill the pages of the third novel in the AREIOS BROTHERS series.
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AUTHOR BIO:
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. 
 
When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
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